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Talking Blues With Hozier, A One-Man Irish Invasion

Friday, May 16, 2014

The 24-year-old singer is poised to be the next big music export from across the Atlantic. Hear Hozier speak with NPR's Melissa Block and perform a few songs live in the studio.

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All Things Considered

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

Friday, May 16, 2014

How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand?

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Diane Schuur On 'Song Travels'

Friday, May 16, 2014

The jazz vocalist swings through a few favorites, including "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "The Very Thought of You," and joins host Michael Feinstein for "Embraceable You."

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Viking's Choice: Replicants Live On In Perturbator's Dark Synths

Friday, May 16, 2014

Parisian musician James Kent is one of the foremost disciples of the expanding retro-synth movement. Hear synths seethe with growing contempt in "Future Club."

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Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hear the actor share stories about seeing Charlie Parker live — and perform a duet with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2004.

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Mark Mulcahy On Mountain Stage

Friday, May 16, 2014

Once part of the band Miracle Legion, Mark Mulcahy embarked on a solo career in the '90s. He's since provided the music for a beloved TV show and reinvented himself several times over.

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Boy George On World Cafe

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Culture Club icon performs songs from his first solo album in 19 years, This Is What I Do.

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Is It Donald Sterling's Right To Fight For His Team?

Friday, May 16, 2014

LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling will reportedly fight the NBA to keep his team. The Barbershop guys weigh in on that feud, and Solange and Jay-Z's elevator dust-up.

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Fresh Air

In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

Friday, May 16, 2014

That June, Miles Davis played four nights at the New York rock palace Fillmore East. Those performances are now out in full for the first time.

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The Good Listener: When Should I Keep Criticism To Myself?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Say your favorite musician puts out a bad album: How loudly should you express your disappointment?

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Drum Fill Friday, For May 16

Friday, May 16, 2014

Our weekly puzzler for close-listeners. Listen to a drum fill and match it to the song. This week: classic metal, jazz, rock and more.

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Studio 360

American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cole Porter was out of the musical theater game during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of bad behavior.

Bonus Track: an updated version of "Anything Goes"

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Soundcheck

John Carter Cash On Johnny's Lost Record; Hurray For The Riff Raff; Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze

Friday, May 16, 2014

In this episode: John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter, talks about his father's "lost” record, Out Among The Stars. Recorded in the early ‘80s, it was shelved as Johnny Cash was in the process of being dropped from Columbia, but now, it's finally seeing the light of day.

Then: Hurray For The Riff Raff is the country-folk project of Alynda Lee Segarra a former freight train-hopper who left her home in the Bronx at 17 and made her way to New Orleans. She plays a stripped down set of brand new songs with fiddler Yosi Perlstein.

 

 

And: Soundcheck digs into the messy wall of noise and guitar distortion that is shoegaze, with a guide to must-hear bands, deep cuts, and music best left alone.

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Watch: Jessica Lea Mayfield, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, May 16, 2014

On her latest album, Make My Head Sing..., the longtime alt-country singer-songwriter reveals her explosive side with songs full of gnarled distortion and seething emotion. Watch her perform songs from the album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Walter Martin

Friday, May 16, 2014

The songwriter and instrumentalist for The Walkmen celebrates his new solo record tonight at Joe's Pub. Download "Sing To Me" — and watch a live performance on Soundcheck.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Carla Kihlstedt, ICE, Face the Music

Friday, May 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear the concert recording of the world premiere of violinist vocalist Carla Kihlstedt's "At Night We Walk In Circles And Are Consumed by Fire."  The work is a collaborative commission with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and inspired by dreams - dreams collected from the band, some of her own, and some solicited through Facebook.  Comprised of nine song-parts, the topics range from meeting one's younger self, to having all of your teeth fall out, and a flying dream.

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Animator Ralph Bakshi On Four Decades Of Provocative Films And 'American Pop'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ralph Bakshi is one of the most innovative animators of the last five decades. Baski, whose work is the subject of a retrospective at BAM, talks about about the future of animation, his love of jazz, and his 1981 film American Pop.

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Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Juan Cirerol

Thursday, May 15, 2014

After a childhood in Mexicali listening to the Man in Black, Juan Cirerol became a rock 'n' roll nomad. He recently invited Alt.Latino and Fusion to his house to play his music and introduce himself.

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Sean Keane On Mountain Stage

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Irish singer has held on to tradition ever since he began singing professionally as a child. Today, he's widely known as one of the best folk musicians in his home country.

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Joan Osborne On World Cafe

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The singer performs songs from her new album Love and Hate, which took many years to complete.

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